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Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary

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Closed Now: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Dinosaurs are awesome

This is one place my wife and I consistently bought season passes to. They have 3-4 different... read more

Reviewed August 6, 2018
Casey M
via mobile
Great Place for Family Time - Museum and Lots of Trails

Recently visited for the first time even though I had planned to visit many times. The place is set... read more

Reviewed July 9, 2018
John M
Dallas, Texas
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Nature Reserve, garden, hiking trails and nature center provides an escape to nature.
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1 Nature Pl, McKinney, TX 75069-8840
+1 972-562-5566
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Reviewed August 6, 2018 via mobile

This is one place my wife and I consistently bought season passes to. They have 3-4 different seasonal attractions including a dinosaur exhibit that my boys loved! It was really fun to read a couple books and then see the lifesized dinosaurs. Even on off...More

Thank Casey M
Reviewed July 23, 2018

I found this museum to be a little run-down and not very organized. On our walk to the front entrance, things were overgrown, wilted and/or dying. We had to step over and around plants across the sidewalks. I felt for the people ahead of us...More

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Reviewed July 9, 2018

Recently visited for the first time even though I had planned to visit many times. The place is set up to cater to just about everyone with a desire to know more about local nature and animals. The museum is very interesting but I found...More

2  Thank John M
Reviewed May 28, 2018

We had had some experience hearing coyotes calling out at night. The employee at the desk had a group of coyote calls that she shared with us so we could learn what the calls meant. The grounds were also interesting with lots of turtles playing...More

2  Thank Evan W
Reviewed April 9, 2018

trials are good to spend a few hours , they have little cottages for the kids to play, the view is wonderful on the wetlands and prairies not too much a museum it is small

1  Thank JLRendon
Reviewed March 11, 2018

Small museum with some interesting displays. Nothing outstanding. Lost raptors and birds some years ago; big disappointment lingers. Enjoyed our walk and escape from the big city on our way to Hutchins BBQ.

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Reviewed March 5, 2018 via mobile

Great trails and wildlife, great birding, wonderful educational programs, pretty good giftshop esp for kids. Really nice place to wander alone and reconnect with nature, less people to bump into during weekdays rather than the week end. They also have night walks for birding. Come...More

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Reviewed February 23, 2018

I came here as a Chaperone on my son's class field trip. As 5+ year members of the Heard, I was excited to go. It was one of our most favorite places to do father-son activities. The field trip programming was interesting and informative. The...More

2  Thank So_It_Goes_16
Reviewed February 15, 2018

The Heard is on the smaller scale as museums and parks go. That said it is a very nice way to spend a half day. The museum has interesting displays that range from rocks/geology to sea life and mammals. There is an animal area with...More

Thank KInTX
Reviewed February 3, 2018

There are so many different ways to experience the Heard! I have seen the dinosaurs, held workshops here, walked the trails, and enjoyed the exhibits. They feature different exhibits and shows -- including a native plants sale in the spring. The folks there are helpful...More

1  Thank Cathy W
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Fran C
February 8, 2015|
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Response from kuchenesser | Reviewed this property |
Hi! It's too bad the dinosaurs won't be there after Feb. 15, then I would have recommended the trail where the dinosaurs are places for sure, without them, it's a nice place to hike, not hilly, and there is a spot with... More
January 28, 2015|
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Response from stephaniejennings | Property representative |
Founded in 1967, the Heard consists of a 289 acre wildlife sanctuary and a natural science museum for the primary purpose of educating children about nature. The Heard exists to bring nature and people together to discover... More